IDFA Supports Proposed Rule on National List for Organic Foods

International Dairy Foods Association

June 5, 2013

In comments submitted last Friday, IDFA supported the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule to relist four ingredients, commonly used in dairy products, on the list of allowable substances in organic foods. The ingredients are agar, carrageenan, cellulose and animal enzymes, including rennet used to make cheese.

Although these ingredients have been approved for years, the use of carrageenan in both organic and non-organic foods recently has been called into question by activists and some in the media.

Carrageenan is a natural food additive derived from seaweed, and IDFA believes the opposition is based on a misunderstanding of scientific facts.

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